|Title:||Assistant Vice President/ Athletics|
Entering her seventh academic year at the helm, China Jude was appointed to the post of Assistant Vice President/Athletics Director in August, 2011. Jude, who was named 2015 National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Division II Administrator of the Year, oversees 19 varsity sports at the fourth largest Division II school in the country as well as the only Division II College within the City University of New York system and State University of New York system.
2016-17 marked another successful year for Queens College Athletics, as the Knights achieved greatness within the region and on the national stage. Thirty-two QC student-athletes collected all-conference honors from the ECC, six claimed all-region accolades, and two earned All-America status, including one National Player of the Year. Queens had seven major ECC award winners, and three garnered regional awards. Collectively, the Knights had three regional champions and one ECC Champion on the year. The women's basketball team won its first-ever NCAA East Regional title and made an appearance in the Elite Eight. The men's tennis team captured the ECC Championship, while both the men's and women's tennis squads won regional titles. Queens finished 99th in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings, the highest finish in department history.
The 2015-16 academic year continued to add to the ongoing success in the department since Jude’s arrival. The women’s basketball team captured its second consecutive ECC championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA East Regional while the men’s and women’s tennis teams advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships. The department stayed consistent with a Learfield Director’s Cup’s ranking of #138 (out of 322 colleges). Academically, the department continue to maintain over a 3.0 grade point average with a number of teams earning sports affiliation academic awards. The department also continued to stay fiscally sound by increasing alumni donations and creating a surplus for four years in a row.
The 2014-15 was a breakout year for the department of athletics. Under Jude’s leadership, the women’s basketball and softball teams captured their first East Coast Conference Championships and the women’s tennis team captured a NCAA Regional Championship. A total of four teams, including men’s tennis, advanced to NCAA post season play.
During the 2013-14 school year, the men’s outdoor track team repeated their East Coast Conference Championship. The regionally ranked #3 women’s tennis, #7 men’s tennis and #5 softball teams advanced to the 2014 NCAA Regional Championships playoffs. The women’s soccer, #9 women’s basketball and men’s basketball programs all advanced to the ECC Championship playoffs in their respective sports.
With Jude at the helm, the Queens College Athletics Department generated its sixth surplus in a row in 2017, resulting in the elimination of a $1.4 million inherited deficit. Under her watch, the newly renovated, two-million dollar indoor tennis facility was launched and at least eleven million dollars of facility upgrades were completed.
Since Jude’s arrival, there have been a total of six conference championships, ten Conference Coaches of the Year, while individual student-athlete accolades include: five All-Americans and Honorable Mentions, eight All-Region Players, over 100 All-ECC Players, 14 All-Metro Players, four ECC Players of the Year, and five ECC Rookie of the Years. The department has also has a number of ECC and NCAA awards recognizing the department’s game environment and charitable efforts.
Jude also created a campus and community recreation office to enhance its intramural, recreational and community engagement efforts. She has also created the External Relations area which impact a significant growth of alumni giving, sponsorships and marketing efforts. Her creativity birthed the annual Hall of Fame Dinner, Tailgating Event and MidKnight Madness Pep Rally.
Prior to her time at Queens, Jude served as Athletic Director at Cheyney University for four years, where she moved the University past a three-year NCAA probationary period, restored the athletics program to a competitive state and strengthened the booster club through successful fundraising.
Prior to Cheyney, Jude served as Assistant Athletic Director/SWA at the University of the District of Columbia (2006-2007) and Coppin State University (2001-2005). Additionally, she served as head volleyball coach at those two universities, as well as at University of North Carolina-Wilmington; University of West Florida; and Rollins College. Jude has worked as a college lecturer at four universities, a strength coach for two universities, and as a radio disc jockey in three different music formats.
Currently, she serves on the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association (MOAA) Board of Directors. She formerly served as Chair of the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee, Chair of the Minority Opportunities Interest Committee (MOIC), and is an active member of National Association Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. A participant of Harvard University’s Management Leadership Education Program, Sports Management Executive Institute, and 1A Institute, Jude was honored by the Metropolitan Swimming Official Association in 2012 and named the 2011-12 Alumnae of the Year by the United States Sports Academy.
As a 16-year-old undergraduate at Alabama State University, Jude earned a scholarship to play on the Lady Hornets Volleyball Team, starting in every match. During her collegiate career, she earned All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) honors. After earning her Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism in 1994, Jude earned a Master’s degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy two years later, and earned a Ed.D in Athletic Administration at Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona in June, 2017.